Verify Me Please (.223)

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by chineseboxer, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. chineseboxer

    chineseboxer

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    Hello All,

    About to do my first .223 reloads...this is what I am planning. These will be shot out of a Stag Model 2 AR. Using data from about 5 sources. Speer, Lee, Sierra, etc.

    Once fired Remington UMC Cases trimmed to 1.1750
    CCI #41 Primers
    H335 Powder
    Rem FMJ 55gr
    OAL- 2.230 (Brings me to just under the top edge of crimp groove)
    Slight crimp with lee crimp die

    I am planning on doing 10 rounds each with 23.5gr, 24gr & 24.5 gr.

    Thoughts??

    Thank You!!
     
  2. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    I hope you meant 1.750" trim length.

    I haven't used H335, but looking at Lyman 49, you charge weights seem to be on the low end. It has a different bullet, but shows min as 24.3 and max as 27 grains. Heck, they have 25 grains as a max for an 80 grain bullet.

    Nothing wrong with starting low and working up. I can only see this data for now (at work with a reloading manual :supergrin:).

    Maybe we can get someone else to chime in that uses this powder a bunch.
     

  3. chineseboxer

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    Yup, 1.750.......sorry
     
  4. Randy from Kansas

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    Your starting charge weight of 23.5 will be fine, I have found my AR likes a bit more powder but that's for you to decide.
     
  5. Murphy's Law

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    I just finished up reloading approx 500 .223 with almost the same specs as you're showing. I also am using FMJ's @ 55gr with H335 (which meters very well). However, my OAL is more around 2.240-2.250 since this seems to perform the best in my Colt A3. I use 24.6gr where I show the max to be 25.3gr on the Hodgdon site. Basically we almost identical. After reloading on my Dillon 550b, I always use my .223 case gauge and ensure all rounds fit smoothly. I have been using this load for a few months now and find them perfect for plinking. So you're in the ball park on all measurements and should be good to go. :cool:
     
  6. GLShooter

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    My Hodgdon data shows 23 to 25.3 at 49,300 CUP. I use a bunch of H335 in my AR's and varmint guns and have been loading up around the 25 to 25.3 level with good results. (My guns though, remember that!!)

    Crimp 'em as you see 'em. I shoot mostly non-cannulered bullets and seat them all out to 2.255 in my AR's but will chase the lands in my bolt guns if I can get there.

    Get a chronograph if you can. Look at AA2015 also for a great powder.

    Greg
     
  7. PBKing

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    I think you are on the right track.
    Any method to check loaded cartridges? Case gage, chamber?
     
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  8. Hedo1

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    Looks good to me. I'd go 2.25 oal if that still works for the bullet.